Agenda Spring 2020
April 1–3
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

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NAACOS conferences deliver valuable policy insights and operational strategies for ALL accountable care organizations. Our upcoming conference on April 2 and 3 will draw more than 650 ACO leaders from across the country and will feature presentations from noted ACO experts and CMS officials, as well as opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning. Pre-conference workshops on April 1 draw more than 150 ACO leaders for a deeper understanding of specific issues.  NAACOS conferences are the only events organized exclusively by ACOs.  

Conference Schedule  
April 1  Pre-Conference Workshops 1:00  5:00 pm 
April 2  Main Meeting 7:30 am  6:30 pm
April 3  Main Meeting 7:30 am  3:00 pm


Breakout Topics and Organizers: 

Critical Policy Update for ACOs
Led by: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
This session will review key regulatory issues for ACOs including Pathways to Success policies that have recently taken effect, new Quality Payment  Program requirements for 2020, and other recent policy developments ACOs should be aware of.

Opportunities and Challenges of New CMS Innovation Center Models
Led by: David Pittman, NAACOS
A number of new value-based payment models from the CMS Innovation Center will launch in 2021, and this session will discuss what ACOs need to know about Direct Contracting, Primary Care First, and other forthcoming programs. Panelists will review key details of new models, what ACOs interested in participating need to know, and how these programs overlap with today’s ACOs. The audience will hear from other ACO leaders applying for the models, and there will be ample time for discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by participating. 

Care in the Home: Health Care's Next Frontier
Led by: Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
More than half of potentially preventable Medicare spending is incurred by frail elderly patients who frequently have difficulty accessing timely ambulatory care. For such patients, home-based care can reduce hospitalizations caused by exacerbations of chronic conditions, improve quality, increase patient and caregiver satisfaction, and identify and address social determinants of health. This session will examine a range of models adopted by ACOs including their design, impact on health spending, success factors and implementation challenges.

Care Management: Structure and Process to Drive Success in Value-Based Care
Led by: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System
Care management is a critical element in value-based care but how ACOs execute on their care management strategy varies greatly as do the outcomes for the patients that are served. In this session, the panel will discuss different models of care management as well as particular types of infrastructure and processes that are designed to improve quality and reduce cost. Topics will include social determinants, use of technology including remote monitoring, and the use of data and analytics to drive your care management strategy.

The Future of Population Health Management — Data Sharing Is the Change Agent
Led by: Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington and MultiCare Connected Care
Focus on new CMS initiatives to provide data to patients, clinicians and ACOs to improve lead time, formatting structure and ease for data retrieval for action. Get the insight on current and expected data releases and how big technologies are providing easy to use apps for various audiences in the healthcare continuum. Discuss perspectives on how ACOs need to be engaged with CMS directly in this process versus relying on EHR or population health platforms vendors.

Understanding Data Analytic Platforms and Services
Led by: Travis Broome, Aledade
No one in health care has access to a greater variety of data than an ACO. The ways ACOs process and use that data are just as varied. Hear from three ACOs who have taken different approaches. (1) Build: Hire your own developers and build your own, (2) General contractor approach: Hire several vendors for specific things and pull it together yourself, or (3) Partner approach: Hire an end to end solution vendor.

Strategies that Succeed with FFS and VBC
Led by: TBD
As ACOs become increasing complex, executives must navigate the challenges presented by a mix of fee-for-service and value-based contracts. What are the strategies that can achieve success in both settings? What are the pitfalls to be avoided? Panelists will share the lessons they have learned and discuss their implementation.

Managing Risk Across a Population that Includes Other Risk-based Models
Led by: Tony Reed, Ascension
In today’s competitive healthcare environment an organization that has the scale to build infrastructure and spread the cost over a wide patient base can generate significant returns on investment. This session explores what industry leaders in value-based care are doing to provide seamless care to their patients across multiple risk models and contracts.

Optimizing the Impact of Drug Spending
Led by: Mark Angelo, Delaware Valley ACO
This panel will provide an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in managing drug spending within value-based care settings. Panelists will also present case studies demonstrating strategies that have succeeded in their ACOs.

Successful Strategies for Physician Engagement and Motivation
Led by: Elissa Langley, Triad Healthcare Network
Learn innovative and unique strategies from experienced ACO panelists for creating direct “lines of sight” for improved quality performance and maximized physician incentive payments.

ACO Waivers: Considerations, Planning, Implementation, and Management
Led by: Melody Danko-Holsomback, Geisinger/Keystone ACO
This session will cover potential ROI for ACOs who implement the available waivers including SNF, Telehealth, other. Information on creating a comprehensive implementation plan including technology and staffing needs and application document requirements. Tips for hiring staff to carry out the waiver required processes and educating both staff and providers. Lastly, program management post-implementation with continued quality, ROI data or reporting needs.